Choix de Lectures in Prose et en Vers extraites des classiques Français ou Leçons Abrégées de Littérature et de Morale

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Daniel, Jacques Louis
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1885
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This was the very first of the books in Clare Leeper's collection. It is a curious reader, since in each of its two parts -- prose and verse -- it includes first fables (or fables and dialogues), then diverse subjects and then religious subjects. Its author is the Ancien Évêque de Coutances. Even in 1885, our culture would not have tended to include religion so extensively in a reader. The fable section in prose has several items from Fenelon. Pages 191 to 228 have a number of fables from La Fontaine. The illustrations look as though they are taken chiefly from Girardet. The book is in poor condition. Not only is it disintegrating, but also a number of hands have practised their penmanship on its pages. Here is a little evidence of the serious place fables have taken in at least French culture.
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